For the birth of his fourth son, Palestinian villager Emad Burnat bought his first camera and began filming as the separation barrier is being built in his village Bil’in.
Five cameras are broken – and the footage of each tells a different part of the story of his village’s non-violent resistance to the Israeli army.
On 25 February, ENO stages the London premiere of The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams. A powerful and arresting opera from one of the world’s greatest living composers, directed by Warhorse’s Tom Morris. Based on the hijacking of the cruise liner Achille Lauro, and resulting in the death of Leon Klinghoffer, a Jewish-American passenger. The Death of Klinghoffer is a theatrical presentation of an event that dominated the world headlines and became a defining moment in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This debate explores the complex role of the arts in illuminating contemporary events touching on the relevance of opera today and ENO’s role in bringing fresh, modern work to the London stage, and extending the boundaries of theatre.
By Alan Selby A lot has changed in the years since 9/11. The date itself has become emblematic of a change in attitudes towards Islam, perhaps most notably in the country which bore witness to the infamous attacks that day. Popular opinion has shifted, and the land of the free has become an increasingly […]
By Tom Lowe The hugely important figure Yasser Arafat casts a long shadow over Middle Eastern politics even years after his death. Yasser Arafat takes a long hard look at Arafat himself as seen through the eyes of prominent people that knew him well. Yasser Arafat is one episode of a series being produced by Spirit Level […]
Mixing a rich collection of archive footage with the candid and poignant memories of his family, friends, colleagues, and peers, Richard Symons creates an insightful, intimate, and well documented account of the life and controversies of Yasser Arafat.
A chronicle of family, assimilation and espionage that follows the El-Akels, a Palestinian family whose father, Ibrahim, has collaborated with the Israeli security services for 20 years.
Download this episode View in iTunes By Eva Dumontet Should Israel fear the Arab spring? When asked the same question, the majority of the audience agreed that Israel should be concerned about the changes that were taking place across the region. Yitzhak Lior stressed the “physical and psychological vulnerability” of Israel, while Miri Weingarten argued that […]
By Thomas Lowe The focus of this lively and at times tempestuous debate was whether democracy would be the endpoint of the Arab Spring and how this would impact Israeli relations in the region. “Who could speak against democracy”? asked former Israeli Ambassador, Yitzhak Lior, it’s “easy” to deal with dictatorships” but despite the dangers “we will […]
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With leaders toppled in Tunisia and Egypt, continuing uprisings in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, the Arab world has seen tumultuous change in recent months. Where does all this upheaval leave Israel? We will be focusing on the response of Israel to the revolutions sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa.
With a panel of Israeli experts and journalists we will explore how Israel and its people view the demands for democracy which are ousting friends in the region such as President Hosni Mubarak.
A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 3 October to Sunday, 9 October from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt Though it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of which Silvio Berlusconi trial is currently in court, Monday sees the resumption of the most infamous of his four cases, in which he faces charges for abuse […]
By Jasper Smith, senior international and security affairs reporter, ForesightNews USA Once a year, the world’s leaders descend on New York for the UN’s blue ribbon event, the cumbersomely-titled UN General Assembly’s General Debate. This year, the build-up has been dominated by the Palestinian Authority’s planned bid to become the 194th member of the UN, […]
A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 19 September to Sunday, 25 September from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt Anders Behring Breivik, the man who admitted to setting off the 22 July bomb in Oslo, killing eight people, before killing 69 people on the island of Utoya, makes his first public appearance at Oslo […]
A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 25 July to Sunday, 31 July from ForesightNews The week starts off with two high-profile court hearings on Monday. Former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al Adly is scheduled to go on trial in Cairo on charges of ordering the deaths of protesters, but the hearing has been […]
By Helena WIlliams The first ever UK screening of Swedish Director Terje Carlsson’s film ‘Israel vs. Israel’ was shown at the Frontline Club yesterday evening. Responding to half an hour of questions from the audience, Carlsson emphasised the importance of peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians, saying that the four activists he focuses on in […]
By Christopher Czechowicz As a daring and impassioned journalist with a decades-long career, John Pilger has inspired and motivated many to ensure human rights and preserve unfiltered truth. From films such as Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia (1979) to The New Rulers of the World (2001), he has unrelentingly made this his commitment. […]
By Mike Pope Gaza is not like it is depicted in the mainstream media, its people are not doomed and it can achieve peace with Israel according to Jezza Neumann, director of War Child. Gaza is an incredibly hospitable place, the friendliest people I’ve ever met; it’s not dangerous in terms of your daily existence. […]
Gideon Levy in conversation with Jon Snow: why the media’s role in the occupation of Palestine matters
View in iTunes If you couldn’t be there in person, you can watch the whole thing here. With a protracted, complex and bloody conflict between Israel and Islamic forces in Palestine, the need for independent journalism has never been greater. Isreali journalist Gideon Levy says that when he started writing, “There [was] no one there to […]
On route to Edinburgh Literary Festival Gideon Levy will be joining us at the Frontline Club in conversation with Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow. He will be discussing recent developments in the Middle East and his book The Punishment of Gaza. In which he documents Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza and charts the events leading up to the assault of 2009.
Download this episode View in iTunes The intractable conflict between Israel and Hamas over territory, settlements, blockades and terror strikes can give outsiders the impression of a desperate situation. With no firm political, two-state solution in sight, will ordinary peaceful Israelis and Palestinians ever return to the kind of normal lives that we in the […]
Can Israelis and Palestinians work together for peace? Four men who believe that they can will be at the Frontline Club to describe their journeys from division and violence towards non-violence.
Download this episode View in iTunes On 28 July the Frontline Club asks: is the best route to peace in the Holy Land to put down guns and start talking? Four members of the Israeli-Palestinian activist group Combatants for Peace will be on hand to talk about how they plan to do just that. Tickets […]
View in iTunes Can Israelis and Palestinians work together for peace? Four people who believe they can will be at the Frontline Club on 28 July to describe their journeys from division and violence towards cooperation and understanding. Four members of Combatants for Peace will be discussing how, after years of violence they decided to […]
On 28 July the Frontline Club asks: is the best route to peace in the Holy Land to put down guns and start talking? Four members of the Israeli-Palestinian activist group Combatants for Peace will be on hand to talk about how they plan to do just that. Tickets and more information on that event […]
A blogging American-Israeli combat soldier has been deployed to the West Bank. According to his blog, 25 year old Danny Brothers has finished his training with the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and is serving in "al-Madina al-Muqaddasah" – a pseudonym for the city where he is stationed. In recent posts, Brothers describes his first foot […]
Anyone familiar with the Middle East knows that Ashdod is Israel’s biggest port, nearly a quarter of a million people some 40 miles north of the Gaza Strip. What he or she will be less likely to know—and it is no accident—is that until October 1948, when the combined forces of the Israeli army and […]
View in iTunes How will President Barack Obama tackle the Middle East and the United States relationship with the region? That’s the question up for debate tonight at the Frontline Club. We start at 7pm GMT / 11am PST tonight Tues 27 Januray. The event is sold out. If you can’t make it to the […]
The memoires of Barbara Board, a Daily Mirror reporter for ten years, are to be published by her daughter Jacqueline in a new book, Reporting From Palestine. Barbara worked as Daily Mirror’s frontline war correspondent from Palestine in the 40’s and 50’s, “It was fascinating to discover everything she had done as a female reporter […]
Mohammed Omer, the Gaza-based Palestinian journalist who recently recieved the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, gives a full and frank account of the treatment he received at the hands of Israeli security officers upon his journey home to Gaza, As the beating, scratching and assaults continued, I was sure my body and face must […]
Writing on the The BBC Editor’s blog Craig Oliver describes the decision making process behind the broadcast of footage from a street in Jerusalem where a man went amok driving a bulldozer killing and injuring a number of people. After some discussion he decided not to show the moment of death on the Six O’Clock […]
Richard Makepeace, the British Consul General in Jerusalem, today launched The Inquirer Award 2008 which aims to celebrate the very best in investigative reporting from the Middle East. The award will be managed by Thomson Foundation, Print and television journalists will compete for The Inquirer Award 2008 which aims to find the journalist who can […]